When it comes to Italian street food, some of the most beloved are arancini and its close cousin, suppli. While essentially both are rounded balls of rice with fillings, the subtle differences can be found in suppli’s oblong shape as opposed to the roundness of arancini, and the ragu filling of arancini in comparison to suppli’s composition of mincemeat and/or chicken giblets and tomato sauce with the risotto.
That said, when the imagination of Pollara Pizzeria in Berkeley, CA was stretched, they came up with seemingly a cheesy pasta version of the two. Dubbed carbonara fritti, the deep-fried balls of cheese and pasta are also filled with guanciale (cured pork cheeks) and creamy carbonara sauce. It’s all a mouth-watering affair, especially when you picture the gloriously creamy pull, which makes for an even better experience.
Carbonara fritti is definitely doing everybody a service by making your favorite bowl of breakfast carbonara into a more snackable, on-the-go form.